Thursday, June 27, 2013

Canvas Photo Transfers DIY

So my first post in a while won’t be a makeup related one, but I think you guys might enjoy it! I’ve been consumed with wedding planning lately – only a few more months to go – so blogging has unfortunately taken a backseat for now. We also moved to a new apartment and love it! So lots going on. Here is what I’ve been spending some of my precious time on.

I’ve got back on the art wagon, and I’m so glad I did. There is nothing like coming home, having a glass of whiskey or wine, and getting to work on something creative. Here is a how to on Canvas Photo Transfers. You can do so much with these! The idea is – you take a photo you like, and using photo transfer medium you essentially rub the imagine onto another surface. Takes some patience, I won’t lie, but I think it’s worth it. I used mini canvases, but this also works with wood, fabric, clay, and so much more. The result looks kind of antiquey and worn, I love them! My inspiration behind this project, was to make an art piece for our new apartment. All of these images were places my fiancé and I visited together (I did 8 altogether)! Here is what you’ll need, all available at Michael’s:

-Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium
-Scissors or Razor

1.Print the photo/photos you’d like to transfer on an inkjet printer on normal paper. Regular photographs or photos printed on photo paper won’t work.

2.Trace the image and cut to fit it on the canvas. I always use a razor blade but you can use an x acto knife or scissors.

3.Paint a thick coat of Photo Transfer Medium onto the actual image. Make sure you cover the whole thing!

4.Carefully place the image face down onto the canvas. Smooth out any bumps, and remove excess Mod Podge from the edges with a paper towel.

5.Repeat if you are doing more than one transfer.

6.Let sit over night – that’s when the magic happens =)

7.Using a damp sponge, carefully rub the paper off the canvas to reveal the transferred image. This part is a bit tricky. Be careful not to rub too hard, or the transfer will be removed from the canvas. I found a good process for myself – wet the whole image with the sponge and rub paper off in little circles. Remove the remainder of the paper by using your fingertips in little circles. This is a bit time consuming and messy, I put paper towels down so I didn’t have bits of paper everywhere.

8.Your beautiful image has been transferred! You might find that the next day, your image is a little foggy with some excess paper. I repeated step 7 the next day to make sure all the paper was removed. Not nearly as time consuming, the fogginess seemed to reappear only at the edges. Same thing here, be careful not to rub to hard. As you can see, many of my images have cracks around the edges. That’s OK though – I think it gives it character! You can expect to have little imperfections, but that’s what makes them cool. If you wanted a perfect image, just hang a regular photograph right?

9.You have the option of sealing the image with Mod Podge to give it a shiny finish. I didn’t seal mine, I like the worn look, but it’s of course up to you.

10.Have fun! Experiment with different canvases or materials of your choice. I used 4 white and 4 black canvases for a different effect. I’m trying to figure out if I want to mount these little guys onto a bigger canvas, or just hang them on the wall individually. Side note: I didn’t use any photo filters on these images – I wanted you guys to see what they actually looked like =) Hope you guys enjoyed!

#1 - Viva Las Vegas. Taking a walk on the strip

#2 - Beautiful tree outside of my old apartment building

#3 - Whale watching in Cape Cod! Such a cool experience

#4 - The marina outside of our engagement dinner

#5 - Vegas fountains

#6- Wine country in Long Island. Greg took this photo of me!

#7- Disney World - Epcot Center. Favorite Disney park hands down!

#8 - The beautiful Manhattan skyline on Blvd East in West New York

All together now! Capturing my glass of whiskey was completely unintentional HA

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